Formula Renault BARC

Webster Closes On Series Lead After Croft Domination

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Josh Webster moved to within only seven points of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship lead after claiming two wins in Rounds Eight and Nine of the season at Croft.

Webster prepared for the weekend with a trip to Zandvoort in the Netherlands to make his Formula Three debut, taking a superb Invitational Class win during the RTL GP Masters of F3 event the previous weekend.

After adapting back to his MGR Motorsport-prepared FR 2.0 car during the fifteen minute practice  session, the MSA Team UK driver secured his third pole position of the season in round eight qualifying, before going second quickest in the second session.

The Nine Group, Admiral Solutions & Support and Integra ICT-backed racer dominated the opening race, leading from lights to flag on his way to a 6.1 second winning margin. The second racer was a tighter affair, Webster taking the lead early on, but being closely followed by championship leader Scott Malvern. The Suffolk driver managed to hold him off though, making it four wins dur

Webster said: “Ultimately this is what we wanted to do, close-up on Scott [Malvern] and take a double win – it's exactly what I needed. After driving the Formula 3 car, physically the Formula Renault is easier so doing the F3 race definitely helped. The team has done a phenomenal job here, the car has been awesome all weekend so massive thanks to the guys at MGR.

“I'm really looking forward to going to Donington for the next three rounds. I've got a good history there and I know the team will give me a great car again. This weekend has been great for us, it was really important for our championship to win both races so massive thanks as always to my sponsors for helping put me on the grid.”

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